Colton Estevez cleaned up Cody McManus' mess.

Poor boys had to settle for a nifty 7-under par 29 in the final round of the Ahwatukee Cup at Club West.

"I was feeling that last putt," McManus said. "We wanted that 28, but I just missed it to the right and Colton finished it off."

Anyone who has played the game of golf, under any format, and is reading this is probably pulling out the world's tiniest violin and playing a song for them.

"What an amazing round," Desert Vista coach Paige Peterson said. "We were searching for good combinations and I guess we found one."

The tandem helped lead the Thunder to their third straight Ahwatukee Cup after not winning any in the first 12 years of the event.

The final round was last Wednesday so it is old news, but how Desert Vista went about earning the tournament championship is prevalent for the rest of the season.

The team shot 9-under for the day, led by Estevez and McManus, as everyone had a hand in winning the event.

The Thunder's seven-man team included three freshmen as Estevez was joined by Matt Lirings and Randall Ross as contributors in defending the title at the Ryder Cup-type event.

"This is the best freshman class we've had," Peterson said. "It is just the first event and we can improve in a lot of areas, but what a great start to the season for these guys. If they can play like this and our older players continue to grow, it sets up pretty nicely as far as competition for the starting lineup."

That Peterson is a sly one.

During preseason interviews he nonchalantly mentioned that the Thunder have a pretty good freshman class, but didn't indicate how they could really be with the new talent.

"They are all pretty good," McManus said. "Colton and I had good chemistry and really had a great round to win it, but all of us can play. We should be pretty good this season."

McManus and Estevez set the tournament record for low score during the alternate shot portion of the event. In other words, McManus teed off on the ninth hole, Estevez hit the approach shot and McManus missed the birdie putt before Estevez made the par putt to win the event going away.

"A 29 is incredible," said Estevez, who won the San Diego Junior Masters to end his summer junior golf schedule. "I've played a few rounds with Cody before so we knew each other's strengths. We both got hot and went pretty low."

Desert Vista, which followed it up with a third-place finish at the Brophy Invitational, also had solid efforts from Brad Goodlander, Jake McFarland and Jason Kramer.

The Thunder led the tournament by four strokes after day one (best ball), two strokes after day two (scramble) before pulling away in the final round for a total of 300.

Mesa Red Mountain finished second with 308 and Mountain Pointe was third in the 12-team field at 309.

The Pride has won the event five times, but not since 2003. They were second heading into the final round, but top player Chris Felix became ill soon after eating pizza while celebrating his 18th birthday the night before.

"Desert Vista won this tournament and we would have had a hard time beating them no matter how well we played, but losing Chris threw our rotation out of sync," Mountain Pointe coach Tony Ramseyer said. "We showed some signs that we can build off so we will take it."

Michael Anderson, Ben Potter, Justin Hyden, Brendan Wiberg, Austin Fletcher and Felix were the top players for Mountain Pointe, which followed it up with a sixth-place finish at the Brophy Invite as Anderson finished second.

"We played and finished strong on the last three holes (of the second day)," Ramseyer said. "The first and third day we left a few out there."

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